The Dallas Stars just endured a 4 game road trip last week before returning to Dallas for Tuesday’s game against the Florida Panthers. Dallas is coming off a 2 game losing streak with 2 brutal loses in the 3rd period with loses to Pittsburgh and Detroit at Consol Energy Center and Joe Louis Arena.
The Florida Panthers are in 2nd place in the Southeast division with 19 points only trailing the Washington Capitals by 2 points. The Panthers have played one more game than the Capitals which gives Washington a bigger edge for now.
The Panthers are 6-3 on the road in 2011 which is 5th best in the league. Dallas has the 5th best home record going 6-1 at home. Below are some keys to the game.
Key #1 Score First
The Panthers are a good road team and Dallas plays well at home. The team that scores first will manage to set the tempo of this hockey game. Florida can take the crowd out with an early goal. Dallas can get the crowd in the game with an early goal.
Key #2 Penalty Killing
Both of these NHL teams can be very effective at penalty killing. The team who does better at penalty killing should win.
Key #3 Playmaking Ability At Center
Playmaker centers who have line 1 potential usually dictate outcomes of games. Neither team has a blue chip first line center even though Ribeiro can be very effective contributing at times on the first and second lines. The team with the playmaker center that shows up should win.